FFP is focusing on obtaining federal permits for 25 hydrokinetic projects along the lower Mississippi River between Kentucky and Louisiana. Sites were chosen based on flow volume, flow velocity and the proximity to transmission facilities and potential customers. At each site, hundreds of turbines on pylons at the bottom of the river would spin like propellers and transmit energy to the riverbank.
Each turbine would produce about 40 kw of power, comparable to gasoline and diesel-powered home generators. By comparison, small wind turbines used to power homes and small businesses typically have capacities of 100 kilowatts or less.
The technology seems primitive - producing very little energy right now. But as nuclear powered electricity loses it's luster and as we adopt greater machines based on electricity (Chevy Volt!), we'll perhaps need new forms of electricity generating energy. The obvious unanswered questions - what are the macro effects of geo-engineering?